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n. ~ A standard (ISO/IEC 10646) for encoding characters and symbols from virtually all languages in computer systems.

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Unicode has the potential of representing more than a million characters, and several thousand are currently defined. It includes alphabetic systems, such as those based on the Latin, Cyrillic, and Greek characters, as well as ideographic systems, such as Chinese, Japanese, and Korean. Unicode also defines special graphics, including characters for math, currency, and ornamental dingbats.